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Sirmione: 25 Minute Boat Cruise around the Peninsula

1. Sirmione: 25 Minute Boat Cruise around the Peninsula

The cruise departs from the small harbor in front of Sirmione Castle. Once aboard, set sail on this 25 minute sightseeing cruise and see Sirmione from a new perspective. Highlights of the tour include Maria Callas Villa, Aquaria beauty center, and the Grotte di Catullo, home to the largest Roman ruins in the north of Italy. Finally, cruise by Sirmione’s sulfur spring and watch the thermal waters bubbling up to the surface. As you head back to port, soak up stunning views of Scaligero Castle before disembarking the boat.

Peschiera: Half-Day Lake Garda Cruise

2. Peschiera: Half-Day Lake Garda Cruise

Discover the natural beauty of Lake Garda on a half-day trip from Peschiera del Garda. After visiting islands and natural parks, go for a swim and stop for a light lunch on board. Start your 4-hour cruise at lunch time with a brief explanation of the attractions you will see during navigation. Then relax and enjoy your natural surroundings as you cruise along to various points of interest. During the cruise you'll have the chance to see Lazise Castle, Rocca di Garda, Villa Canossa, Punta San Vigilio, Isola del Garda, Isola San Biagio, Baia Verde, Rocca di Manerba Natural Park, Jamaica Beach Sirmione and Grotte di Catullo. During the tour, take a swim directly from the boat, and enjoy a light lunch included in the tour price.

Lake Garda: 4-hour Guided Boat Cruise with Stop in Sirmione

3. Lake Garda: 4-hour Guided Boat Cruise with Stop in Sirmione

Cruise across the sparkling waters of Lake Garda on a guided boat trip. Relax in a sun-shaded seat on deck or below, as you take in the views and learn about the lake’s most iconic sights from your captain. Explore the historic town of Sirmione in a 2-hour stopover before heading back to port. Take your seat on the tour boat and sail across the calm waters of Lake Garda. Learn about Villa di Maria Callas, Jamaica Beach, and the Roman history of the area from your captain. Take unforgettable photos in front of the "Fonte Boiola", a source of sulfurous water that heats the lake from below.  Dock at the port of Sirmione, where you will have 2 hours of free time to walk through the charming alleys of the historic peninsula at leisure. Use the time to visit the Catullo's Caves, indulge in a delicious gelato, or have an espresso on the lakefront. Then, climb back aboard the boat. On your way back to the dock, enjoy views of the stately Villa Canossa and the cypress and olive trees of Punta San Vigilio headland, considered the Pearl of the Lake, before arriving back at your starting point.

From Peschiera: Garda East Coast Cruise to Sirmione

4. From Peschiera: Garda East Coast Cruise to Sirmione

Take a morning or afternoon cruise from the port of Peschiera. Cruise up the east coast of Lake Garda while the Captain briefly explains the main attractions to be seen from the boat. Before reaching the town of Sirmione, there will be a short swim stop where you can jump straight from the boat into the cool water. After the swim, the Captain will dock in Sirmione, passing the famous Jamaica Beach and Grottoes of Catullus on the way. Once in Sirmione, enjoy 45 minutes to one hour of time to explore the historic city center at your leisure before the return trip to Peschiera.

Lake Garda: Historic Castle Cruise with Wine Tasting

5. Lake Garda: Historic Castle Cruise with Wine Tasting

Discover the charm of Lake Garda on a half-day speedboat tour, where you will see the various castles and villas, enjoy a regional wine tasting, and get a chance to swim in its refreshing waters. Start your cruise from Sirmione’s harbor, located next to the Scaligero Castle of Sirmione, offering a perfect postcard view as you start your lake cruise.  Continue towards the Lazise Castle, a medieval fortress with imposing towers and defense walls. Enjoy a wine tasting in Bardolino guided by a professional sommelier who will explain to you the unique characteristics of this regional wine.  Take a dive into the emerald lake waters to cool off and enjoy a relaxing break at the shores of Villa Canossa. Admire the timeless beauty of Torri del Benaco Scaligero Castle, a fortress of Roman origins, before navigating back to the Port of Sirmione.

Sirmione: Scenic Afternoon Boat Cruise with Prosecco & Snack

6. Sirmione: Scenic Afternoon Boat Cruise with Prosecco & Snack

Depart from Sirmione Harbor, in front of the impressive Scaliger Castle and set sail onto the glistening waters of Lake Garda. Pass by the pretty villa belonging to the famous opera singer Maria Callas then head to the end of the peninsula to a white rocky beach called Jamaica. Sail to the Rocca di Manerba next and onto the Island of Garda where you can admire the magnificent Isola Borghese. Learn about the rich-history of the villa, which boasts stunning Venetian Neo-Gothic architecture. Arrive at a private island next and cool off from the heat with a dip in the lake’s refreshing waters. Back on the boat, enjoy a tasty snack as you continue onto Salo for a one hour stop-over. Spend some time exploring this enchanting village and walk along its beautiful lakeside promenade. The tour then takes you to the famous Gardone village where you can enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and admire the array of historical buildings that surround the lake. On the return journey to Sirmione, cruise along the eastern coast of the lake and see the Boila sulfur springs. Finally, pass under the drawbridge at Scaliger Castle, the only pedestrian access to the peninsula.

From Lazise: Lake Garda South Coast Cruise to Sirmione

7. From Lazise: Lake Garda South Coast Cruise to Sirmione

Spend a full day exploring the southern part of Lake Garda while listening to some brief explanations about the main attractions to be seen: Rocca Di Garda, Villa Canossa, Punta San Vigilio, Isola del Garda, and many more. Along the way, stop to swim in the clear waters of the lake. Jump right from the boat into the water and admire the beautiful natural surroundings. After, savor a vegetarian pasta lunch onboard. Then, dock in Sirmione, passing the famous Jamaica Beach and Grottoes of Catullus on the way. Once in Sirmione, get 1-hour to explore the historic city center at your leisure before the return trip to Lazise.

Sirmione: Peninsular and Lake Garda Boat Tour

8. Sirmione: Peninsular and Lake Garda Boat Tour

Your tour will depart from the Scaligero Castle’s port. From here you will start sailing along the peninsula’s coast, where you will be able to see Maria Callas’s 1920s villa where she felt inspired to create many of her opera characters. You will also be able to observe the nearby thermal spa baths as well as the Aquaria Wellness Center, before spotting the place where the famous poet Catullus wrote many of his poems. You will also cruise past and discover the charismatic Roman villa known as the “Grotte di Catullo“. Afterwards, you can simply just look through the waves to discover the bubbles of the underwater Boiola Sulphur Spring, which provides thermal water to Sirmione. Finally, after admiring the architecture and perfect preservation of Sirmione Castle, you will have to "lower your head" to pass under the castle drawbridge before returning back to the port.

Lake Garda: Boat Trip to Sirmione & Free Time

9. Lake Garda: Boat Trip to Sirmione & Free Time

Visit the town of Sirmione and its historical weekly market as you reach it by crossing the lake starting from the west coast. Get picked up from Portese, San Felice or Manerba, then head straight to Sirmione. Admire stunning views of Island of San Biagio, Rocca di Manerba, Jamaica Beach and the Grottoes of Catullus on the way. Upon arrival, get off the boat and enjoy 2,5 hours of free time in Sirmione. Stroll along the narrow streets of the center, enjoy a drink in one of its many bars, have lunch in one of its famous restaurants, buy a souvenir in the shops of the historic center and taste an ice cream in one of its numerous ice cream parlors around the peninsula. The return to the starting point is scheduled for after lunch - early afternoon.

Sirmione: 2-Hour Sightseeing Walking Tour

10. Sirmione: 2-Hour Sightseeing Walking Tour

Get an insider’s view of Sirmione’s charming peninsula on a small-group 2-hour walking tour of the area, including Rocca Scaligero - an impressive 13th century castle. Begin your urban walking adventure by meeting your guide right before the Sirmione Bridge. Take in views of the bay, Lake Garda's turquoise waters, the stunning Sirmione Castle, and the Santa Maria Maggiore Church. Walk along the lake promenade, and see the Bojola source, the Church of San Pietro in Mavino, and the beautiful, yellow Villa of Maria Callas - the famous opera singer's home when she lived on Lake Garda in the 1950s. Learn historical facts of the area from your local guide and visit all the must-see locations of the peninsula.

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What people are saying about Grottoes of Catullus

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 454 reviews

Very nice boat trip with a fantastic captain. Nice swimming break in the middle of the lake and plenty of free time in Sirmione. GiGi even allowed you to take turns at the wheel!

We had a great time visiting Sirmione Castle and swimming in Lake Garda. Our captain was nice and took great care of us. Reconfirm the meet up point as the location may change.

Good 4hour trip. Lots of information on the area given and a reasonable amount of time in sirmioni to look around.

Gigi our captain was very helpful and made our trip, especially our little ones' fantastic. highly recommended

Rate of prosecco to people was excellent! Very fun activity, super recommended!